A blog post summarizing Hopscotch, Sphero, and Social Reading

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If there's one book that needs to be read, it's "Program or Be Programmed" by Douglas Rushkoff.

Not every student will program for a living and not every student will write the next big application. However, they will use devices and applications as part of their digital lifestyle. They need to know that they're in control and make the device work for them. What better way than to introduce them to the concepts behind programming.

Hopscotch is one of a number of programming applications that teach the basic skills of programming and allow students to write their own programs. In our session, we'll explore the Hopscotch environment and write a few programs of our own. What better way to show the device who is in charge!

Please download and have Hopscotch installed in advance.

My collection of Hopscotch resources are available on my PBWiki site.

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Social Reading

Having a digital presence online means different things to different people and that's OK. We talk about personalized learning experiences for students so why not for teachers? The Best PD happens when you take control of your learning. In this Minds on Media session, we'll explore some of the tools that have worked for me. But, more importantly, we'll talk about their use and interactions so that your own learnings help craft your online presence.

1) Create a Diigo account

2) Install the Diigo extension (addon) into the browser

3) Install Diigo as your browser search engine

4) Give Packrati.us access to Twitter and Diigo

5) Use a social reading utility to read stories and share to








Pulse News

6) Optional – post your links to your blog

The Best PD